Counselor Education (Clinical Mental Health)


Degrees Offered


Thank you for your interest in the Master of Education degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Clemson University. This CACREP-accredited program (accredited through 2015 under the 2001 community counseling program specialty standards) is dedicated to preparing counselors who possess the skills and dispositions to work effectively with diverse populations and to engage in data-driven practices. Students completing the M.Ed. degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling can find employment working with children, adults, and/or families in any number of settings, including but not limited to: mental health counseling agencies, behavioral health settings, addiction treatment centers, group homes, residential treatment centers, hospitals, and private practice settings.

Students may complete the program on a part-time or full-time basis. The full-time program can be completed in two years, including one summer. All students must complete the program in six years. Courses are taught late afternoon and evenings, Monday through Thursday, at 3:30 or later. Approximately half of the courses are taught at Clemson University and the other half at the University Center in Greenville during each semester. Full-time students will need to travel back and forth to both locations, and carpooling is encouraged. Most students tend to live in Clemson or Greenville. Typically the program does not offer online classes.

Clemson’s program in clinical mental health counseling is designed to help students meet the degree, coursework, and practicum requirements in South Carolina to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential after graduation.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

The MEd/EdS degree program in clinical mental health counseling requires 60 credit hours that are designed to be developmental in nature, and appropriate course sequencing is vital to ensure proper counseling skill development.  If you already have a master’s degree in counseling, you would be eligible to pursue our 30 credit EdS degree program in counselor education. Students are required to meet with their assigned adviser before enrolling in any course.  In addition to the coursework and field experience requirements, during their final year in the program students must successfully complete a written final examination.

Through the two field experiences courses (i.e., practicum and internship) listed above, students must complete a minimum of 700 hours in mental health settings.

Practicum involves students completing 100 hours in a mental health setting. This equates to approximately one day a week, or two half-days a week, for an entire semester. The purpose of practicum is to learn about the setting and to begin developing skills in individual and group counseling. Of the 100 hours, students must accumulate 40 by providing direct services to clients. 

Internship involves students completing 600 hours in mental health settings. The purpose of internship is to further develop skills. Internship is to be completed over the course of two semesters, so students will register for two separate six-credit classes of EDC 8360 during back-to-back semesters. During each six-credit class, students are required to accumulate 300 hours at their sites, with a minimum of 120 direct hours per semester. This 300 hours equates to approximately two and a half days a week, or five half-days a week, for an entire semester.

It is very difficult for individuals to be employed full-time in a 9-5 type job during internship and successfully complete their internship requirements, as most agencies require interns be there during daytime hours.



Application Information

Applicants for the MEd Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are only reviewed once a year for consideration for a fall semester start. Applicants for the EdS Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are reviewed for consideration for a summer and fall semester start. The application deadline is January 15th – and by this date ALL application materials (see required documents below) must be submitted. Application files that are complete by January 15th will be screened, and individuals who pass the initial screening will be invited to a group interview to be held sometime in February or early March. Final decisions will be made after interviews are finished, typically near the beginning of March. 

Required Documents


The School of Education has a variety of graduate assistantships offered and it is a competitive process. Assistantships are not rewarded in conjunction with our admission process but based on the accepted applicant pool. If you are interested in a particular assistantship we would encourage you to apply as early as possible to be considered for all assistantships offered. 

These positions are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the position supervisor.


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